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Improve Your Fundraising Focus

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 7:32:08 AM

Let's think about how we might improve our fundraising focus. Our concentration will be on growing the person, shifting the focus, managing the processes, and leading the organization from the heart and head.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Capital Campaigns, donor relationships, fundraising focus, Fundraising Principles, professional development, Professional Skill Building

Making a Good Solicitation Better

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 10, 2018 7:07:47 AM

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Topics: asking for money, capital campaign, capital campaign fundraising, capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns, CDS, Custom Development Solutions, donor, donor prospects, donor relationships, donor stewardship, fundraising, Fundraising Principles, fundraising success, fundraising tips, gift, leadership gifts, major gift fundraising, major gift solicitation, Major Gifts

Prospects - Who to Ask for What When

Posted by admin on Aug 9, 2018 4:58:56 PM

There are four essential elements to every successful capital campaign: the Case; Leadership; Prospects; and, the Plan. This article is third in a series addressing each element and will focus on the process for identifying and soliciting individual major gift prospects in a capital campaign.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign, Capital Campaigns, donor prospects, donor relationships, Fundraising Principles, Major Gifts

Transparency as a Fundraising Tool

Posted by admin on Aug 9, 2018 9:34:59 AM

At GuideStar, we believe that transparency is vital to the health of the nonprofit sector. What do we mean by transparency? Borrowing from Webster’s, we mean the state of being “free from pretense or deceit.” For charities, that means being open about programs and finances and readily sharing that information with donors, funders, regulators, and the general public.

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, donor relationships, donors, fundraising, Fundraising Principles

What to Do about “Billy Big Bucks”

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 9, 2018 9:19:13 AM

As a national consulting firm, our team of professionals conducts business in a wide variety of communities across the country. As we compare notes among ourselves, we discover there are a few opinions often voiced by the clients we serve and the non-profit executives we meet. One that seems to come up in most communities is when an organization’s representative says, “Great news! Billy Big Bucks lives in our town! We can ask them to fund this project.” “Billy Big Bucks” is my code name for any wealthy celebrity, whether a movie star, athlete, author, or any other profession.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, donor relationships, Fundraising Principles, successful fundraising, volunteers

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